One of the coolest new software features for the iPad, picture-in-picture video, that Apple announced on Monday at its annual developer conference is going to be great when using video streaming apps that are already available.
But it could also hint at Apple's bigger plans for TV streaming.
Picture-in-picture allows you to watch a video while you're doing something else on your iPad, like checking your email or responding to a text message. It's part of the suite of multitasking tools that Apple has added to the next version of the iPad's operating system.
Craig Federighi, who oversees software at Apple, demonstrated how it works at the conference on Monday by keeping a small ESPN video up while he checked his email.
Many people will probably find that being able to resize a movie around a video from a TV network's app in the background as they check their email will be very useful.
It's pretty easy to imagine relaxing on your couch, iPad in hand, watching a basketball game or the latest episode of your favorite TV show, and keeping the feed on in the background when you want to reply to an email, look something up, or the video goes to a commercial break.
A lot of people already multitask with their devices while watching TV, so it's something many people are already accustomed to.
But it's easy to look back at previous software updates from Apple and see where the new features have fit into future products and services.
Last summer, for instance, Apple said it would begin to allow developers to redesign apps in any size. It's now clear that move was so developers would be ready to make apps for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which had bigger screens than any previously released iPhones. But none of those products had been announced, of course, when Apple released the new operating system to developers.